Wednesday, April 22, 2009

KBRM reinvents history: the root of the conflict

Here's a little gem from our friends at KBRM in a post dated April 17, 2009 discussing coverage by the Otago Daily Times.

Hamas' avowed goal is to destroy the state of Israel, not to regain land taken over the past 50 years. This fact is at the root of the conflict and should be understood by everyone (emphasis added).

Hamas' avowed goal, as expressed in its charter, is to replace Jewish rule in Israel/Palestine with Islamic rule, which necessarily entails regaining the "lost" land - although KBRM seem to have lost a decade somewhere; the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by Jews began in 1947.

But the second sentence is even stranger. Hamas' goal is the root of the conflict? Perhaps Rodney Brooks and his friends genuinely don't know that the root of the conflict lies in Zionism, which misappropriated the myths of Judaism to justify a long and ultimately successful (to this point, at least) international campaign to be permitted to colonise Palestine.

And this campaign came to fruition mainly in 1948 and again in 1967 with wholesale ethnic cleansing operations.

Hamas was formed in the wake of the 1987 Intifada, and the charter was issued in 1988.

So Dr Rodney Brooks and his mates say the goals of a two decades old organisation is at the root of a six decades old conflict.

No wonder it's just so difficult to have a rational discussion with these guys. For the Palestinians, the reality is that every time one obstacle to peace is surmounted, Israel just invents a new one.

But reinventing history is a Zionist trait. I have already illustrated some examples: misrepresenting the age of the conflict and the Hamas charter, and describing land taken by force and ethnic cleansing as "lost". But here's yet another:

Peres also said that “tyrants like Stalin, Hitler and Ahmadinejad chose the Jews as the focus for their hatred and violence”.

Stalin killed 30 million Russians. This is all the Wikipedia entry says about Jews under Stalin:

During Stalin's rule the following ethnic groups were deported completely or partially: Ukrainians, Poles, Koreans, Volga Germans, Crimean Tatars, Kalmyks, Chechens, Ingush, Balkars, Karachays, Meskhetian Turks, Finns, Bulgarians, Greeks, Latvians, Lithuanians, Estonians, and Jews.

It's an extensive if unpleasant list of innocent people victimised by a tyrant but it certainly doesn't indicate a "focus" on Jews, as Shimon Peres would have us believe.

Hitler demonised Jews as part of his campaign to rule Germany, but his sweep included other ethnicities and cultures, especially the Gypsies, whose fate became submerged under the sheer weight of numbers of Jews massacred during Hitler's rule.

But to lump Ahmadinejad in with these two historical giants of mass murder and genocide is simply nonsensical. He is not even a tyrant. He is an elected President who term expires soon, he doesn't create law by fiat, and has often failed to have his policies enacted. Iran's tyrant is the Ayotallah.

But even though Hamas obviously want Israel as a Jewish State eliminated, the charter's aim is to reestablish an Islamic State rather than eliminate Jews:

Article Thirty One THE MEMBERS OF OTHER RELIGIONS, THE HAMAS IS A HUMANE MOVEMENT ...Under the shadow of Islam it is possible for the members of the three religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism to coexist in safety and security. Safety and security can only prevail under the shadow of Islam...

This is the usual state of affairs under Islamic rule, especially as defined by the Ottoman Empire.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent post.

    So, for KBRM, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad is comparable to Hitler and Stalin. Perhaps they think that Ahmedinejad hasn't noticed that tens of thousands of Jews live willingly and peacefully in Iran, and that as soon as he does there'll be another genocide. Zionists have been offering Iranian Jews large sums of money to migrate to Israel. As the need for such inducements might suggest, this is not because Iranian Jews are in any danger - except of course the danger from a bellicose Israel - but rather to make up for the net Jewish emigration from Israel, and because the mere existence of Jews in Iran is a considerable embarrassment to their propaganda.